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For Immediate Release:

Occupy the Capitol Rally Planned for Opening Day of MN State Legislature, January 24, 2012

On January 24 2012 , the opening day of the legislative session there will be a rally from 12-1 pm at the MN  State Capitol.

Angel Buechner of the MN Coalition for a Peoples’ Bailout said, “In the spirit of the Occupy movement, we are coming to the capitol to bring the demands of the 99%.  We are rallying and introducing legislation to stop foreclosures and to tax the rich.”

Linden Gawboy of the MN Welfare Rights Committee (WRC) said, “This rally, organized by the MN Coalition for a Peoples Bailout and the WRC, is to demand that politicians in this state stop the attacks on the 99% and instead make the rich pay for the economic crisis.”  She continued, “The politicians, and the rich that they work for, need to stop targeting working people for cuts. What MN needs is to stop cutting schools and healthcare and instead to tax the rich and fund humans needs.”

“Tens of Thousands of Minnesotans are becoming homeless because of foreclosures.  With high unemployment and low wages, people have been unable to keep themselves in their homes. In addition, thousands of Minnesota tenants have been made homeless because their landlord was foreclosed on. This is unfair to tenants who, due to no fault of their own, find themselves suddenly homeless,” said Angel Buechner, of the MN Coalition for a Peoples Bailout.

Gawboy added, “We have worked with Senator Hayden and Representative Hornstein to craft a bill to tax the rich and with Senator Dibble and Representative Clark on a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions from foreclosed properties.  We plan to introduce these bills on opening day.”

This Occupy the Capitol Rally is organized by the Minnesota Coalition for People’s Bailout and the Welfare Rights Committee. Initial endorsers include: ADAPT MN, AFSCME Local 3800, Anti-War Committee, Communities United Against Police Brutality, General Assembly of OccupyMpls, Marriage Equality MN, MN Immigrant Rights Action Committee, MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), MN Tenants Union, MN Peace Action Coalition, Occupy the Hood, Occupy Saint Paul Tactical Working Group Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation, Students for Democratic Society (SDS), Twin Cities Peace Campaign, Universal Health Care Action Network of MN, Women Against Military Madness (WAMM)

Click here or on image below for 1/4 sheet printable PDF flyer.    Or click here for a larger flier that lists endorsers.

January 24 is the day that the MN politicians go back into session at the capitol. We want to be there on Day 1 to say: “Stop the Attacks on the 99%! Make the Rich Pay for their Crisis! Put a Moratorium on Foreclosures and Evictions! Bail Out People, Not Billionaires!” On Jan. 24, we will unveil our BILLS to Tax the Rich and to put a Moratorium (a halt) on Foreclosures and Evictions in MN!

Organized by the Minnesota Coalition for People’s Bailout and the Welfare Rights Committee.
Initial endorsers include: ADAPT MN, Advocating Change Together (ACT), AFSCME Council 5, AFSCME Local 3800, Anti-War Committee, Communities United Against Police Brutality, General Assembly of OccupyMpls, Marriage Equality Minnesota, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, MN Immigrant Rights Action Committee, MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), MN Nurses Association (MNA), MN Tenants Union, MN Peace Action Coalition, Occupy Homes, Occupy the Hood, Occupy Saint Paul, Occupy Saint Paul Tactical Working Group, Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign, Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation, Students Association for the Advancement of Children as People (SAACP), Students for Democratic Society (SDS), TakeAction Minnesota, Twin Cities Peace Campaign, United Food And Commercial Worker Union Local 1189, Universal Health Care Action Network of MN,  Women Against Military Madness (WAMM).

Demand Minnesota politicians:
Tax the rich!
Put a moratorium on home foreclosures!

Join us for an informational meeting of the Minnesota Coalition for a People’s Bailout
Tuesday, January 3
6:00 p.m.
at Walker Community Methodist Church
3104 16th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

This upcoming legislative session, the MN Coalition for a People’s Bailout will push for legislation that puts a moratorium on home foreclosures and the eviction of tenants from foreclosed properties. The effect of this bill would be to end foreclosures for the next two years.

We will also be pushing for a bill that will dramatically raise taxes on the rich. There is no good reason that the poor and working people should pay for an economic crisis that has been created by the banks and wealthy investors.

The time is right to have a real debate here in Minnesota. The Occupy movement is changing the political landscape of this country. People are outraged at the arrogance, power and privilege of the 1%.

The Minnesota Coalition for a People’s Bailout is made up of trade unionists, welfare rights, anti-war, immigrant rights and community groups — people who want do something about the direction this state is heading in.

On January 3, we will be making plans for a serious fight at the State Capitol. We have already contacted politicians about our plans for a Foreclosure Moratorium and Tax bill. Bring your ideas and energy. Together we will fight back!

The Minnesota Coalition for a People’s Bailout will have flyers and petitions at the #OccupyMN encampment at People’s Plaza (aka Government Plaza) at 6th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenue. Look for us!

Stop Wall Street’s attacks on workers!

No more cuts – tax the rich!

This is the intial petition that launched the MN Coalition for a People’s Bailout.
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Make the rich pay for their crisis!
Bail out poor and working people, not the rich!
The unfolding economic crisis gripping the United States is condemning tens of millions of people to poverty, hunger, and homelessness. Here in Minnesota we see a rising tide of home foreclosures, evictions, and layoffs. By every measure, life for poor and working people is getting worse. Food shelf use is up. Unemployment is rising. Homes and apartment buildings that once housed our families have been foreclosed and are vacant and boarded up.
Tax policy that favors the rich has left Minnesota state government facing a massive budget deficit—at least $4 billion. The budget crisis is expected to continue to grow in the coming months.
Left to their own devices, Governor Pawlenty, along with a host of politicians in the legislature, will enact legislation that serves the self-serving interests of corporations and the wealthy. They will attack public employees. They will try to scapegoat immigrants and the poor. And, they will try to push the burden of the crisis onto our backs.
Low-income organizations, community groups, labor unions, and immigrant rights organizations, along with others who are working for justice, are coming together to meet the effects/challenges of this crisis head on. We cannot afford to allow the funding and programs that serve working and low-income families to be placed on the chopping block. We need solutions to the problems we face.
This legislative session we will place our demands on Minnesota politicians. Join the MN Coalition for a People’s Bailout in the fight for:
  • Jobs or income now!
  • Extend unemployment benefits.
  • Make more workers eligible for unemployment benefits.
  • Create a public works program that puts people to work now.
  • Put a moratorium on the 5-year time limit for public assistance.
  • No cuts to programs that serve working and low-income people!
  • Place a moratorium on home foreclosures! No evictions for renters in foreclosed buildings
  • No attacks on immigrants!
  • Protect public education. No tuition hikes!
  • No one in Minnesota should be cold or hungry!
  • No layoffs!
  • No attacks on wages.
  • No layoffs for University of Minnesota workers and all public employees in Minnesota.
  • Tax the rich, make them pay for their crisis!